League Duty Beckons Ahead Of Well Deserved Break
The Palace Ladies are looking to put two frustrating cup defeats behind them as they host Swindon in the FA Women’s Premier League at Bromley on Sunday, ahead of the Christmas break.
Following the heartbreak of the last minute loss in the FA Cup at Selhurst Park, Palace travelled to Tottenham Hotspur for a League Cup quarter final match up last Sunday.
With eight enforced changes, Palace were always likely to struggle against an in-form Spurs team. In a game that saw too many mistakes and chances missed, the Eagles bowed out after a disappointing 4-1 defeat.
Having enjoyed some fine league form during the first half of their first season at the highest FA league level, Palace look to resume this on Sunday.
In the first league home game since October, the ladies will seek to secure the league double over Swindon, following a last minute away win earlier on the season.
Head coach Dean Davenport is looking forward to getting back to league business;
‘Despite the disappointing cup results, our spirit remains good, with some positives being drawn from our recent performances. What we have to do is put these together and see games out, making the most of our spells of dominance. Swindon will be a tough test and we will have a game plan to deal with this. We have good squad strength again, with cover returning for injured players and will look to put on a good show for the fans.’
In terms of squad news, Palace are getting closer to full strength, following an extended period of significant absences – Freya Holdaway (foot), Nicha Dyett (broken leg), Gemma Bryan (hamstring) and Ciara Sherwood (knee) are all pushing for imminent returns. Late fitness tests will be needed before decisions are made on Leesa Haydock and Lili Maple.
The ladies host Swindon at Bromley Football Club (Hayes Lane, BR2 9EF) on Sunday, kick off at 2pm. Entry is £3 and free for under 16s. All supporters welcome with a player meet and greet taking place after the match.